In Oregon City, a 26-year-old pregnant woman is dead and three others are injured following a high-speed auto collision on Saturday night. The deadly crash happened when a Toyota 4-Runner driven by Fernando Deanda Moreno, who was reportedly speeding, drove through a stop sign at the Davis and Linn Avenue intersection.
Deanda Moreno’s vehicle crashed into the Toyota Camry carrying Kay Blaser, who was two-months pregnant, and her fiancé, William Sargent. Sargent, who survived the crash with neck, collarbone, and back injuries was transported by air to Oregon Health and Science Center.
Deanda Moreno and one of the two passengers riding in his SUV were also injured in the crash. According to the Clackamas County Major Crime Teams, the 22-year-old motorist was driving drunk when the accident occurred. Following his release from the hospital, Deanda Moreno was arrested on charges of Assault and Manslaughter. Bail was set at $750,000.
Drunk driving is negligent driving that can cause serious injuries or deaths. Examples of the effects of alcohol on a driver:
• Reflexes are slowed down, which can slow a motorist’s reaction time
• Blurred or impaired vision
• Decrease in ability to concentrate
• Decrease in ability to assess distances between other vehicles and lanes
• Impaired coordination
• Decrease in ability to make decisions
Passengers injured by a drunk driver and the loved ones of victims killed in drunk driving accidents may be entitled to receive Oregon personal injury or wrongful death compensation.
Victim identified in fatal Oregon City accident, OregonLive.com, October 12, 2008
Man faces manslaughter, DUI in crash that killed pregnant woman, NWCN.com, October 13, 2008
Related Web Resources:
Driving and Alcohol, West Virginia University
2007 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities, NHTSA (PDF)
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